424 members of the Irish army are currently serving abroad

Four-hundred-and-twenty-four members of the Irish army are currently serving in 15 countries around the world.

The biggest troop missions are in Lebanon and the Golan Heights in Syria, in conjunction with the UN.

The Army has issued details of its operations for 2015, during which it was called out 145 times to deal with bomb threats.

As most of us were enjoying a restful Christmas break, hundreds of military personnel are serving abroad, mostly on UN missions.

198 troops are currently serving on a peace-keeping mission in Lebanon, with 139 in the Golan Heights in Syria.

It has been a busy year for the bomb squad too, who assisted on 145 call outs in 2015.

But by far the busiest period for the army was in the wake of storm Desmond, during which more than 1000 troops were deployed to assist with flood relief.

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